The rarest of the Luxembourg plates. Two bird’s-eye views, with depiction of stone column at right. This map was published in the fifth volume of the famous ‘Civitates Orbis Terrarum’. The work was compiled by George Braun (1541-1622) the Canon of Cologne Cathedral. Braun produced a total of over 500 city views and maps published in six parts between 1572 and 1617. Most of the engraving was the work of Simon Novellanus and Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590), many after drawings by George Hoefnagel. The last two volumes of the atlas are the rarest as they were published some time after the first four. This example comes from the first published edition in 1598 with Latin text. Koeman B & H 5 no. 23; Not in Van der Vekene Plans.